gatekeeping

(noun) The process by which an individual or group controls access to goods and services but particularly to information and people with power.

Examples:

  1. Administrative assistants limiting who speaks with decision-makers.
  2. Requiring ever-increasing credentials for certain jobs.
  3. Restricting access to information such as news by controlling who sees it and what is covered by an editor or government.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: gatekeepings
  • Gatekeepers are common in hierarchies such as bureaucracies, and their power is often greater than their formally recognized authority.
  • In qualitative research, particularly ethnographic research, a (noun) gatekeeper (also called key informant) helps facilitate access to a group of people or a locale.

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How to Cite the Definition of Gatekeeping

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “gatekeeping.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 18, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/gatekeeping/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

gatekeeping. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/gatekeeping/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “gatekeeping.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 18, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/gatekeeping/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“gatekeeping.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 18 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/gatekeeping/>.